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The Sherwood Institute Staff

Shelley Bowyer
Marketing and Recruitment Co-ordinator

Shelley joined the Institute in February 2011 after a career break raising her family. She previously worked in Newcastle and London managing both Admissions and HE Administration for several major Universities following the completion of her BA (Hons) Fine Art in 1995, and a subsequent PGCE in 1999. With over 20 years experience in Student Recruitment, her role is to support applicants from initial enquiry to enrolment in their chosen training programme.

Ben Parsons
Marketing and Recruitment Administrator, ABC & FAC Course Administrator

Ben Parsons PhotoBen joined the Institute in July 2016 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an LLB (Hons) Business Law degree and is currently studying for his LLM in Corporate and Insolvency Law masters’ degree. His role is to support applicants from initial enquiry to enrolment in their chosen training programme and he also acts as the course administrator for the ABC Counselling Concepts and Foundation Access Courses.

Elaine Marren
Office Manager. MSc Integrative and SPTI Diploma in Clinical Supervision Course Administrator

Elaine Marren - Office Manager First port of call, and soothing presence... for students anxious about assignments, tutors demanding last minute paperwork... Elaine has been involved with The Sherwood Institute since its early days and one of her great attributes is her ability to remain patient and smiling amidst crisis. Her official role as Office Manager is to provide administrative support to staff and students in training, liaising with University office staff, and answering enquiries from members of the public.

Donna Dowlman
BSc (hons) and MSc Person-Centred Administrator

Donna joined the Institute at the end of October 2012 and is based in the main Admin Office supporting Elaine Marren. Previously Donna worked in finance on a part time basis whilst looking after her young daughter. Donna’s background involves a BA (Hons) in Modern European Studies with English and Media and Cultural Studies. Donna’s main role is to support BSc and Person-Centred students and staff.

Yvonne Vallance
Placement Coordinator

Yvonne Vallance was recruited into the role of 'Placement Coordinator' to support our students as they begin to engage in clinical practice. Yvonne brings with her a wealth of placement and project management experience; most recently in her work with SV2, NCS and counselling in an educational setting. Yvonne’s area of interest is working in vicarious trauma. Yvonne will be continuing to develop the placements resource we offer to students as well as building our relationships with new and existing placement providers. Yvonne will be working in a part-time capacity, based at Thiskney House.

Alison Fookes
Company Director

Alison FookesAlison joined the Institute in 2008 as a Director after a 6 year career break to have her two children. Prior to this, she worked in Social Services for 17 years initially as social worker and then in various managerial roles within the learning disabilities field. During that time she developed an interest in social work training and undertook further training to equip herself as an adult educator. She then worked within the practice learning team, managing and supporting the vocational training of social work students through supervision of students on placement and their supervisors. She brings a wide variety of skills to her role as Company and Finance Director and really values working within a team and in close collaboration with students. Her family and children are focal and Alison continues to divide her time between her director role and bringing up her two young boys. She even manages to find some time to continue learning to play the piano (a work in slow progress!) and to pursue her love of cooking. 

Amanda Ackroyd
Business Manager

Amanda AckroydSince graduating from The University of Sheffield with a dual honours degree in French and Business Studies, Amanda has held a variety of commercial management, sales and marketing positions with The Boots Company and Courtaulds. She then moved to the education sector becoming a School Business Manager in a Nottinghamshire Primary School, a role which balanced well with raising her three sons. Amanda joined the Institute in October 2016 as the Business Manager leading the administration team. She is responsible for the management of resources, systems and processes. 

Dr Ruth Layzell
Company Director

Ruth has over 20 years of experience of training in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Before being appointed as a Director, she worked for 10 years as a social worker, for a further 10 years as Lecturer in Pastoral Care and Counselling and then as Director of Counselling Training at St John's College, Nottingham. For a further 10 years she was then Director of an independent training consortium, the Institute of Pastoral Counselling. She has held various External Examiner and External Assessor posts and is a BACP accredited counsellor with an independent practice which she runs alongside her work at the Sherwood Institute. She has a particular interest in the interface between Christian spirituality and counselling practice and completed her Doctorate in Practical Theology at the University of Chester in 2015. She has written about adoption, religious abuse and counselling in religious contexts and is co-author of a course on relational skills for congregations (The Beta Course).

Michelle Cooke
Programme Leader: MSc in Person-Centred and Experiental Psychotherapy

Michelle J. Cooke – Director of Business Continuity and Development, Programme Leader: MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy & Counselling. Michelle is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with several counselling and psychotherapy related qualifications, including an MA in Person-Centred Psychotherapy. She has worked within a variety of therapeutic settings and maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision to individuals, couples, and groups. As a trainer, she strives to ensure her delivery is grounded within the core training model in order to provide trainees with an experience consistent with the philosophical, theoretical, and practical application of their chosen approach. Her interests include the evolution of person-centred theory in light of ever-changing thinking within the therapeutic world and beyond. She is specifically interested in issues relating to the process of self-criticism, gender and social change. In addition, she is currently co-authoring a book aimed at supporting trainee therapists in their preparation for securing clinical placements as part of their qualification and registration requirements.

Dr Lorraine Price
Programme Leader: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy,  Programme Leader: Diploma in Clinical Supervision

Dr. Lorraine PriceLorraine’s original career was in the Civil Service and Local Government, eventually specialising in staff training. It was through this role that she became interested in psychology and counselling and attended a number of CPD trainings in this area. She undertook a PG Dip in Counselling, and followed this by undertaking the Masters programme in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Institute, completing her SPTI studies with the Diploma in Clinical Supervision. After working on the Integrative programme as a tutor, she became the Programme Leader in 2010. It has been a journey that she continues to cherish. Her aim as Programme Leader is to help others to develop in their chosen career and become professional and ethical practitioners who are assets to the profession. As well as teaching, Lorraine runs a busy private practice of Psychotherapy and Supervision and is an EMDR practitioner. Lorraine successfully completed her Research Doctorate in Psychology in 2014, studying the effects and treatment of early infantile trauma upon clients in psychotherapy and therapeutic regression. She has had two Psychotherapy journal articles published and published her first book in 2016 entitled "Better Late than Never"

Debs Mendham
Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Debs MendhamDebs is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a MA in Humanistic Person Centred Psychotherapy. Over the past 20 years she has trained in Gestalt, Person Centred and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked within a variety of therapeutic settings and now manages a private practice providing psychotherapy, counselling and supervision to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has been involved in developing the undergraduate training at SPTI and is a tutor on the BSc (Hons) programme. Prior to this she has worked within Further Education providing various counselling programmes and was also a partner of a consultancy providing training to health professionals within the NHS and Social Services. Debs has a background within the NHS and Social Services working as a nurse, social worker, development officer, and manager. She has a particular interest in issues of identity, gender and shame.

Rosemary Langford-Bellaby
Acting Head of Training : Tutor: MSc Integrative Pyschotherapy, Tutor: Diploma in Clinical Supervision

Rosemary Langford-Bellaby – Director of TrainingRosemary has extensive training and experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and is trained in both Gestalt Psychotherapy and Integrative Psychotherapy, and has completed additional elements of training in Transactional Analysis, Behavioural Therapy and Client-Centred Counselling. She was previously course leader of the Person-Centred Counselling programme at The Sherwood Institute. In all of the different trainings Rosemary related to her interest in the interface between spirituality and psychology. She has been a tutor on the Counselling Programme at St. John’s Theological college in Nottingham and completed a second MA in Theology and Pastoral Care. In addition to psychotherapy training, Rosemary has trained as a supervisor and trainer and currently tutors on the Supervision training at SPTI. Prior to this Rosemary was a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and has more than twenty years experience working in the NHS, including a specialist role as a Nurse Therapist. She is accredited with the UKCP and runs a private practice working with individuals, couples and groups.

Peter Orlandi-Fantini
Co-ordinator: Mental Health Placement Programme

Peter Orlandi-Fantini - Co-ordinator: Mental Health Placement Programme Peter is a UKCP accredited Gestalt psychotherapist with prior qualifications in counselling and a Master’s Degree in Education. He has been a clinical teacher in psychiatry and a lecturer in Psychiatric Studies within the NHS. Peter brings his considerable experience of teaching a wide range of professional groups to his work at the Sherwood Institute where he is responsible for teaching the Mental Health workshop and co-ordinating the Mental Health Placement Programme. Until recently he ran the Masters in Gestalt psychotherapy programme at the Institute and was also a Tutor on the Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy programme. He has an interest in the synthesis of a variety of theoretical perspectives that may inform and support the practice of psychotherapy in the areas of mind, body and consciousness, with a particular interest in neurobiology. Peter approaches education from a holistic perspective and endeavours to realise the major tenets of humanistic psychology in his teaching practice. He runs a clinical practice working with individuals, couples and groups.

Anissa Chung
Programme Leader: ABC Awards: Counselling Concepts Course; Tutor: MSc in Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy

Anissa ChungAnissa is a BACP accredited therapist and a qualified supervisor. She has an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, and is a registered UKCP practitioner. In her well-established private practice she has a special interest in loss and bereavement and as a trained EMDR therapist, she also works with trauma. In 2010 Anissa joined the Sherwood, where she enjoys her roles as Programme Leader on the Counselling Concepts course and as a tutor on the Foundation Access Course. In 2013, she has started lecturing on a BSc programme at Nottingham Trent University.In an article entitled ‘Daring to be Different’ which was published in the BACP Journal Therapy Today, Anissa explores the implications of ethnicity in a predominantly white British counselling world. Her passion is to enhance growth and development in all who want to explore their own personal journey.

Richard Kettley
Programme Leader: Foundation Access Programme, Tutor: Counselling Concepts Course

Richard Kettley PhotoRichard is a person-centred psychotherapist with experience of working in a variety of settings in Nottingham and across the county. He has recently been a Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University on a project collaborating with the mental health charity, Mind, and is developing further research. Richard has a private counselling practice and also a long association with the local charity, ISAS. He is a Visiting Tutor on the Person-Centred Masters course at Sherwood and is delighted to be involved in the Counselling Concepts and Foundation Access courses. This brings together his twin passions for counselling and teaching, offering opportunities for further self-discovery and reflexivity.

Ambika Connelly
Tutor: MSc in Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy

Ambika ConnellyIn addition to working as part of the MSc Person-Centred team, Ambika also offers Academic Writing Skills Workshops to support students with their studies. Her special interests include relational depth research, diversity (within and with others), the embodied process and creatively exploring how the art of therapy can be translated into words. She has an MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy, and is a registered UKCP practitioner.

Michelle Oldale
Research Coordinator

Michelle OldaleMichelle is a Person-Centred psychotherapist and trainer with experience of work with Deaf and Hearing clients and students. She is an active writer and researcher with a particular interest in the areas of training, power, disability and culture. She is currently researching aspects of power in the therapeutic relationship with Deaf Therapists and Hearing Clients as facilitated by Sign Language Interpreters as part of an internship with Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London.

Alan Frankland
Tutor: MSc in Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy

Alan originally trained in Couples Counselling and was accredited by BACP in 1984 (and is currently a Fellow of the Association); he is now a Consultant Counselling Psychologist, Chartered by the British Psychological Society and Registered by HPC and a Foundation/Senior Practitioner member of the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. He has worked as a therapist for nearly 35 years in Nottingham (APSI) although his main job for 30 years from 1971 was as a teacher of developmental and applied psychology and counselling (and latterly he was Head of the Division of Counselling and Psychotherapy) at what is now Nottingham Trent University. Alan has also been the BPS Registrar for Counselling Psychology, and for three years job-shared an NHS Consultant post in London. Alan has published in the areas of Accreditation, Supervision, professional issues and aspects of the Person-Centred Approach (including being co-author of a best-selling textbook). Although still very engaged with practice and training commitments in Nottingham and London, Alan spends a lot of time in Picardy where his partner, who runs a B&B, now lives.  

Lorna Goree
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Lorna GoreeLorna is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist. She has over 20 years experience of working in the NHS as a clinician, manager, supervisor and trainer. Her first degree was in psychology and She  trained as an Occupational Psychologist. She worked for Trent Strategic Health Authority as a project manager specialising in workforce development. Lorna's interest in personal growth led to her training to become a psychotherapist and she has an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy. Lorna currently works as a psychotherapist and supervisor for Derby Psychological Therapy Services and she also has a private practice, offering both short term and long term therapy.  Her model of Integrative Psychotherapy is attachment based and emotion focused with an emphasis on the moment to moment experience of the therapeutic relationship.   She also work as a consultant in emotional well being to a School Improvement Service.  Lorna has taught on the MSc Integrative psychotherapy programme for 3 years and her particular interest is in research and the opportunities it provides for discovery about our ways of being in the world.

Julie Deardon
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

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Jo Powell
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

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Catherine Austin
Tutor: BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Catherine Austin – Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Programme Leader: Foundation Access Course. Catherine is a Registered UKCP psychotherapist with an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and an MA in Humanistic Counselling. She has a background in counselling training in Further Education and was involved in the development of the undergraduate training at The Sherwood Institute. She has worked for counselling agencies in Nottingham for a number of years and has a private psychotherapy practice, working with individuals, and also supervising qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. She lives in Nottingham with her husband.

Dave Mann
Tutor: BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Dave Mann MSc, Dip Supervision, Dip SPTI, Dip Coun, TSM (SPTI), ATSM (GPTI), RMN Dave is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer and Published Author. A member of The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute since 1990, he has delivered Psychotherapy and Counselling training up to Masters level at several training Institutes across the UK and internationally. He is a former Assistant Editor of the British Gestalt Journal and examines trainee psychotherapists nationally. Dave's passionate interest in creative and academic writing (are they really separate!) has led him to authoring, amongst other publications, 'Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points & Techniques' (Taylor & Francis 2010) and 'Assessing Suicidal Risk' to be published in 2012 in  'Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice' edited by G. Francesetti, M. Gecele, J. Roubal. Outside the world of psychotherapy Dave's passions include keeping fit, his grandchildren and struggling to learn to play the violin. 

Norman Wright
Tutor: BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Norman WrightNorman is one of the Year One Link Tutor's on the SPTI BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Course. Norman is the founder of The Wright Initiative and pioneer of The PaPPS Initiative offering bespoke Emotional, Relational and Psychological well-being support to patients having cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. Norman is a UKCP registered MSc Integrative Psychotherapist with over 15 years in private practice and is a Clinical Supervisor supporting trainees, Counsellors and Psychotherapists and people working within the private, public and voluntary sectors. Norman writes and delivers bespoke training packages to Fostering and Adoption agencies as well as Law Firms and is a state registered Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience. Norman is a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and a British Standards Institute Committee Member representing the UKCP setting standards across the UK and Europe CH/403.

Jill Green
Tutor: BSc (Hons) in Counselling & PsychotherapyTutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. 

Gill Green PhotoJill has a background in nursing and midwifery, and has worked in schools as a matron/housemistress and as a counsellor. She is a BACP accredited therapist and a supervisor and has been involved with the Haven Counselling Centre in Ashby de la Zouch since 1999 and co-managed it for 13 years. Jill also has an established private practice offering long and short term therapy and supervision. She has special interest in working with issues around the impact of infertility, miscarriage and loss alongside the impact of traumatic labour on attachment and maternal relationship.

Jill is a first year tutor on the BSc (Hons) Humanistic and Integrative degree. In her spare time Jill enjoys her family and grandchildren, gardening, dancing and attempting to make music!

Dr David Tune
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. 

David Tune: Phd. UKCP. C.Psychol. Af.BPS. David started his training as a Body Psychotherapist in New York in 1980 after taking his MA in Counselling there and then joining a ‘Bioenergetic’ training group for two years. On return to England he went on to do a full holistic psychotherapy training at the ‘Chiron Centre’ in London. He has been practising as a Psychotherapist for over 20 years and he is also a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (he was recently made an Associate Fellow of the BPS). After living abroad and in London for many years David returned to his home county of Yorkshire, where he runs a practise, lectures at university and supervises practitioners. He is especially interested in group work and has facilitated training and therapy groups for many years. He describes himself as an ‘Integrative Body Psychotherapist’, who integrates experience and training in Gestalt, and psychodynamic concepts into a body orientated approach. David’s particular area of interest is ‘the body-mind split’ and ways of healing it. His doctoral thesis was on the ‘therapeutic use of touch’ and he has published chapters related to body psychotherapy and integration in a number of books in the UK. He has recently had research into the phenomena of ‘presence in groups’ included in a book by the American Association of Gestalt Trainers and Therapists. This research was co-conducted with a colleague who is a musician and psychotherapist and focused on groups in counselling training and orchestras. David is also a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and a regular presenter at national and international conferences.

Tracey Adams
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. 

Tracey AdamsTracey is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist with a MSc in Integrative psychotherapy. She has extensive additional training including Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Group Analysis, Working with Personality Disorders and complex PTSD, Psychiatric medications, Eating Disorders.

She has over 30 years experience of working within Forensic and Mental Health services both within the public and voluntary sectors including Civil Service & NHS.

She manages a private practice including providing Individual psychotherapy, Supervision (group & individual) Peer supervision to Mental Health Teams, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, self care groups.

Her professional interests include institutional/organisational dynamics, advocating and developing improved psychological services for offenders plus improved clinical support/supervision for those working with them.